This is my very first post on any automotive forum, so pls pardon me for my ignorance .
Let me start by telling you a bit about myself.
I am a 26 year old working professional; recently I have decided to invest in a 4 wheeler to make mine and my parents life a bit comfortable. I am an newbie when it comes to vehiclesand have just recently learned driving and still can be termed as an amateur when it comes to driving. Also, since this would be the first car in our family, I was hoping it be good both in terms of features and driving comforts and safety features
Since my monthly usage is going to be around 300 - 400 kms (mostly city driving within Mumbai) I believe a petrol car would be a better choice. My budget was up to 6 – 7 lakhs on road price. I am looking for a Value for money car that's not going to burn a hole in my pocket when it comes to maintenance.
As per the above requirements and after months of searching, I had shortlisted the following cars: Honda Brio
=> While I was not very comfortable with the rear design for this hatch, but after reading rave reviews about the handling and the i-vtec engine decided to give it a shot. While I was mighty impressed with the ride quality, I somehow felt that the interiors were a bit sparse considering the competition. I also did not like the fact that the Honda dealers in Mumbai were not willing to negotiate on the price (OTR – around Rs. 5,68,000 for SMT) for any of the models and were basically giving a take it or leave it offer by saying that Honda is prioritising on the Amaze and City so no discounts on the Brio, which made me a bit angry as till recently as Dec 2013 there were discounts available across all Brio Models. Honda Amaze
=> Brio with a boot. My parents were not comfortable with the shape of the compact sedan plus the fact that the necessary safety features were available only in the SMT (O) model which cost around 7.5 L OTR, made me reject it. Grand i10/ I-20
=> I really like this car and I still do and was almost going to finalize the Asta (O) model with ABS
and dual airbags when my parents laid their eyes on the i-20 version and instantly liked its front and overall design. Also the fact that putting in about 50K extra (Grand i10 Asta (o) OTR = 6.4 L with no discounts and i-20 sportz = OTR ~ 7L), I would be getting not only a bigger, better looking but also a premium hatchback with the required safety features (ABS
+ 1 airbag – I would have loved 2.. but alas), I decided to go ahead and finalise the i-20 Sportz version.
As mentioned, since I am complete noob when it comes to vehicles (the only knowledge I gain is via forums like TIA which I have been reading religiously over the past couple of months), I needed some advice from fellow TIA mates regarding the buying process of a new car. . I am planning to take delivery by this month end i.e during Gudi Padhva.
I have bargaining hard(or atleast I feel so :P) with the Hyundai dealers in Mumbai(read : Modi, Shreenath, Shreeram and Sai Auto) for their best quotes on the i-20 sportz and this is the deal that most of them are offering.
OTR – 7,05,000/-
Gift Cheque – 10,000/-
Corp. Disc – 3,000/-
Acessories => Teflon coat, Mud flaps and mat sets(Given on purchasing the extended warranty) and anti rust coat(single coat – need to get this done every 6-9 months as per a dealer.)
I would like to know a few things regarding the deal :
A)Is this the best deal one can expect in terms of the i-20 at this current moment or is there scope for more cash discounts (most the “big” dealers in Mumbai have flatly refused me a cash discount saying that Hyundai has stopped the practice from 2014 and they attract a huge penalty in caught. Although one dealer is offering me and addition 15K discount above everything – though am not sure of how is he managing the same)
B)What more can I bargain for in terms of accessories as part of the deal if further cash discount is not possible, apart from the above mentioned accessories
C)Any more suggestions in the process for buying the car
P.S : Thanks a lot for bearing with my monologue. Appreciate your valuable comments